How was your weekend?
So, I was doing some more perusing lol, and happened upon this very interesting article written by Sharon Cullars, journalist for the EVANSTON & SKOKIE bulletin post, and thought I’d let you guys weigh in on what she was saying. I agree completely, and nearly wrote the same article for another post in the beginning of the year. Sharon is also a paranormal IR author; so I wanted to see what you guys think, authors and readers. This has been an ongoing topic, because it seems like America seems to think that because of shows like “Scandal” IR Romance authors just started to write. This has been a genre for years before “Scandal” came about, and it peeves me a bit that people seem to think that we IR authors “Jumped on the Bandwagon”.
What do you think?
In addition to the visual media now depicting interracial couples as “normal” (thanks largely in part to Shonda Rimes and her stable of shows), there is also a burgeoning genre in literature that only a few seem to know about. Namely, interracial romance novels.
At least one mainstream romance reader in the comments section of a romance book blog seemed taken aback by what she mused was a growing proliferation of romance novels depicting white heroes and black heroines in love matches. She stated:”I’m seeing a lot of white male/with black female genre books out there. Is this the new genre replacing werewolf/MM? I believe in love who you want to love but it worries me when writers jump on a bandwagon and flog it to death…”
Sharon: In other words, the commentator seemed to be suggesting that interracial romance literature is a fad, something temporary.
Her sentiment also seemed to imply that the pairing was an outlier trope.Note her comparison of interracial human relationships to non-human tropes like werewolves. She may be “disturbed” by the “new genre”, but what she is actually witnessing is simply a sign of the times. As more people cross racial lines to love and marry, they, too, want to see themselves reflected in the media, including literature. That certain readers still see interracial relationships as somehow outside the “norm” is unfortunate. However, the times are a-changing and these folks will need to change along with them and relinquish their myopic views of who can and should love one another.